Damn, I totally forgot The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Easily one of my favorites at the moment. I'd also throw in the theme from the All in the Family spinoff Archie Bunker's Place. It was just a sped up version of Those Were the Days without lyrics, but whenever I hear it it gets stuck in my head
I blind-bought a DVD based on this kick-ass theme alone:
Originally Posted by dtcarson
It is funny/interesting that almost none of these that have been mentioned are any younger than 20 years old or so, and some much older.
Is recent TV that much more cookiecutter, so that the whole package just doesn't stick in our mind?
Is it the massive competition for our viewing/listening attention just drowning any quality themes out?
Are themes/openings a dying breed, in order to allow more time for commercials or product placement?
Do the composers of today just suck?
Am I overthinking this?
(And of course that while we've mentioned a dozen or so, I am aware that there are tons from 20-50 years ago that are also pretty lame.)
Not really that surprising, considering how songs have been deemphasized in favor of short themes. Seinfeld was the first short theme I remember. It was a shock the year ER got rid of the opening theme, then awesome when they brought it back for the final episode (can't embed):
The definitive seventies TV theme song, for some reason it's impossible to be in a bad mood when you hear it:
My personal favorite use of a hit song in a credit sequence:
A snappy little tune:
__________________ What's that? Jessie and Prospector are trapped in the old abandoned mine and Prospector just lit a stick of dynamite thinking it was a candle and now they're about to be blown to smithereens?
Wonder Years, Star Blazers and Facts of Life have already been mentioned. I'll add the theme to the Batman/Superman hour which I find to be great
"Didn't you lose a lot of money on that other investment, the one from the email?"
"You know what Toby! When the son of the deposed King of Nigeria emails you directly asking for help, you help! His father ran the freaking country okay?!?!"
From The Office epsiode "Michael's Birthday".
One I remember fondly from my childhood. The show itself was a tad hokey, but the theme song is lovely:
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter." -Winston Churchill
"The richest man is not he who has the most, but he who needs the least." -Unknown
"I like you just the way you are." -Fred Rogers
"Another day, another dolour." -Me